The Visit 2015

Run Time:
One hour and 35 minutes with no intermission
Ages: 16+
Opened: April 23, 2015
Closing: June 14, 2015

The Visit - 2015 - Broadway History , Info & More

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway)
149 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Durrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit is about greed, love, and one woman's carefully plotted revenge. The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Tony Award winner Roger Rees co-stars as Anton Schell, the man who scorned Claire years ago. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks "What can your heart afford?"

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‘The Visit’ Review: As Long as the Lady is Paying…
8 / 10

'The Visit' is a cynical tragicomedy whose score is as gorgeous as its heart is hard...Kander's soaring, waltz-scented love songs are harmonized in an off-center manner subtly suggestive of dirty work at the crossroads...As for Ms. Rivera, who sounds like a cross between Hermione Gingold and Rex Harrison and is made up to resemble a walking mummy, she's all too terrifyingly believable as Claire...Mr. Rees, by contrast, is rather too ingratiating, and Mr. McNally's jokey book softens the impact of the play...But 'The Visit' is horrifically potent in every other way...'The Visit' isn't for everyone. But Mr. Kander and his late, lamented partner never wrote a finer score, and...you'll thrill to their cruel tale of what men who dare to call themselves decent will do to one another if the price is right.

Review: Chita Rivera Stars in Kander and Ebb’s ‘The Visit’
7 / 10

...despite a score that at its best has the flavor of darkest chocolate...'The Visit' only rarely shakes off a stasis that suggests a carefully carved mausoleum frieze. Nor does the show ever quite make peace between its uneasily twinned strands of merciless cynicism and a softer sentimentality...The show's cynical and morbid components are more persuasive, if a tad monotonous...That 'The Visit' still holds the attention has much to do with Ms. Rivera's command of the stage and her ability to find a concerto of feelings in what might have been a single-note role...Her singing voice, sharp-edged and resonant, is identifiably that of the original Anita in 'West Side Story' but invested with an authoritative, all-knowing world-weariness.

BWW Flashback: Final Kander & Ebb Musical THE VISIT Concludes Broadway Run Today
by Sally Henry Fuller - June 14, 2015

The original Broadway version of Kander and Ebb's Tony-nominated musical THE VISIT closes today, June 14, 2015. The Visit began performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 and officially opened on Thursday, April 23. Below, take a look back at the show's journey to Broadway!

Breaking News: Kander & Ebb's THE VISIT, Starring Chita Rivera, to End Broadway Run This Week
by Tyler Peterson - June 8, 2015

Producers announced today that The Visit starring Chita Rivera will play its final performance on Sunday, June 14th(3 PM).  Previews began on March 26th and opening night was April 23, 2015.  The Visit is at the Lyceum Theatre   (149 West 45th Street).

VIDEO: Chita Rivera & Cast of THE VISIT Perform on TONYS
by Caryn Robbins - June 8, 2015

Tony nominee Chita Rivera and the cast of THE VISIT were among the performances on last night's show. Watch the appearance below!

VIDEO: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera Teaches Jimmy Fallon Bob Fosse Moves on TONIGHT
by Caryn Robbins - June 5, 2015

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, Chita Rivera revealed she wants to guest star on The Walking Dead and chats about her Tony-nominated role in Broadway's The Visit.

DVR Alert: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera Guests on NBC's 'Tonight Show'
by TV News Desk - June 4, 2015

NBC has announced that Tony nominated actress Chita Rivera will be a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON tonight, June 4th.

AUDIO Exclusive: First Listen- Company of THE VISIT Sings 'Yellow Shoes' on Cast Album; Hits Shelves on 6/26!
by Nicole Rosky - June 1, 2015

The company of Broadway's The Visit gathered in the studio on April 27th to record the musical's original cast album. The Visit is the final musical ever written by legendary Oscar Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award-winning composer John Kander and his writing partner lyricist Fred Ebb, before Mr. Ebb passed away. Produced by the Emmy Award-winning and Grammy nominated producer Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Heathers), The Visit album will be released June 26th, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive preview of 'Yellow Shoes,' as performed by the company on the cast album!

UPDATE: Roger Rees on Medical Leave from THE VISIT; Producers Release Statement
by Tyler Peterson - May 29, 2015

As previously reported, The Visit's Roger Rees has taken a leave from his role in the new Broadway musical The Visit, with Tom Nelis stepping in for the time being. Today, producers have released a statement on Rees' departure, confirming it's due to medical reasons.

DVR Alert: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera to Guest on NBC's 'Tonight Show'
by Caryn Robbins - May 29, 2015

NBC has announced that Tony nominated actress Chita Rivera will be a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on Thursday, June 4th.

BWW TV: Jason Danieley Sings from THE VISIT at Stars in the Alley!
by Nicole Rosky - June 2, 2015

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, was held earlier today, May 27th in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. Hosted by HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Darren Criss, Broadway's best turned out for the annual performance - including The Visit's Jason Danieley, who performed 'I Was the Only One'- check it out below!

Broadway Loves Chita! Stars Gush Over THE VISIT Legend at Lunch
by Richard Ridge - May 28, 2015

At a celebration lunch was held at New York City's swanky Four Seasons Restaurant earlier this week, May 26, in honor of Chita Rivera's Tony nominated performance in Broadway's THE VISIT. Hosted by Liz Smith and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., a slew of special guests came to celebrate the Broadway icon. Scroll down to see what they had to say about Chita, and click here for all the photos from the luncheon!

Photo Flash: Broadway Vets Fete THE VISIT's Chita Rivera at the Four Seasons
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

At a celebration lunch was held at New York City's swanky Four Seasons Restaurant yesterday, May 26, in honor of Chita Rivera's Tony nominated performance in Broadway's THE VISIT. Scroll down for photos of the festivities!

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- THE VISIT's Terrence McNally- 'I've Always Believed in It'
by Nicole Rosky - June 4, 2015

We are yet another day closer to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 (8PM on CBS). Earlier this month, the 2015 Tony nominees gathered to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day. Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with Terrence McNally, Best Book of a Musical nominee for The Visit.

Tony Nominee Chita Rivera Causes 'Big Splash' (literally!) at THE VISIT Celebration
by Caryn Robbins - May 27, 2015

According to Page Six of the New York Post, one guest was so over the moon with Rivera's presence that he jumped into the restaurant's famous decorative pool. 

Photo Flash: Betty Buckley Poses Backstage with Chita Rivera at THE VISIT
by Sally Henry Fuller - May 24, 2015

Musical theatre star Betty Buckley recently spent time backstage at THE VISIT with Chita Rivera. In an Instagram post, Buckley wrote, 'Backstage at 'The Visit'with the incredible Broadway Star, Ms. Chita Rivera! My eyes are red from crying at the beauty of this special piece of Art & theater, centered around the extraordinary performance by beloved Chita! Amazing! She touched my heart & soul so deeply! You gotta see this!' Check out the pic below!

Roger Rees on Leave From THE VISIT; Tom Nelis Steps In
by Sally Henry Fuller - May 23, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that Roger Rees is currently on leave from The Visit, and in his place, Tom Nelis is temporarily stepping in as Anton Schell. No word yet on the duration of the hiatus. Of note, the star has also been swapped out for Nelis on the show's official web site. According to audience member reports, Nelis is giving a stellar performance in the role opposite the legendary Chita Rivera. Keep checking BroadwayWorld as we learn more!

BWW TV Exclusive: Geniuses Unite! Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Talkback with John Kander at THE VISIT- Part 2
by Nicole Rosky - May 22, 2015

The Visit, recently nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, just hosted a conversation with two iconic composers following Wednesday night's performance. Tony Award-winning composer of The Visit, John Kander, sat down with Tony Award winning composer of the upcoming Broadway musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda to chat about his writing process, working without Fred Ebb, finally bringing the show to Broadway, and so much more. Check out Part 2 of the conversation below! Click here to catch up on Part1.

BWW TV Exclusive: Geniuses Unite! Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Talkback with John Kander at THE VISIT- Part 1
by Nicole Rosky - May 21, 2015

The Visit, recently nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, just  hosted a conversation with two iconic composers following last night's performance. Tony Award-winning composer of The Visit, John Kander, sat down with Tony Award winning composer of the upcoming Broadway musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda to chat about his writing process, working without Fred Ebb, finally bringing the show to Broadway, and more. Check out Part 1 of the conversation below!

VIDEO: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera & John Kander on Why They Don't Like The Tonys
by Caryn Robbins - May 21, 2015

Broadway legends and Tony nominees Chita Rivera and John Kander talked to USA Today and explained how their work is their real reward.

THE VISIT Offering $19.75 Seats Now Till the Tonys
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Exciting news! If you couldn't stretch your budget to go see the legendary Chita Rivera in Broadway's The Visit, now's your chance.

THE VISIT Welcomes John Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda for One-on-One Conversation Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The Visit, recently nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, will host a conversation with two iconic composers following this evening's performance, May 20. Tony Award-winning composer of The Visit, John Kander, will sit down with Tony Award winning composer of the upcoming Broadway musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The Visit has had 8 productions including New York which opened in 1999, Broadway which opened in 2001, Chicago (Regional) which opened in 2001, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, Arlington, VA (Regional) which opened in 2007, Arlington, VA (Regional) which opened in 2008, Williamstown, MA (Regional) which opened in 2014 and Broadway which opened in 2015.
The Visit has been nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Terrence McNally, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Japhy Weideman, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for John Kander, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Fred Ebb.
The Visit has been nominated for several awards including Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Terence McNally, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for John Doyle, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Fred Ebb, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for John Kander, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Visit, Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Pask, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Chita Rivera, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Roger Rees, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical (Drama League Awards) for The Visit, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Visit, Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Japhy Weideman, and Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Visit.
The Visit has won several awards, including Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Musical, and Outstanding Set Design at the Drama Desk Awards. The show also received Distinguished Performance Awards for Chita Rivera and Roger Rees at the Drama League Awards. Additionally, The Visit won Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Lighting Design at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Outstanding New Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

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